So, pretty much the quickest I’ve ever read a novel. From cover to cover in just over a week, mostly down the English Library in Düsseldorf Altstadt, but also:
- On the 701 heading into the city centre
- Starbucks and platform 14 at the Hauptbahnhof
- The S6 to Essen
So, my thoughts are thus.
An excellent book, and very original story. I “got” the book, because I remember the “passport-hunter” ex-Soviet and post-Soviet women from my year abroad in Voronezh 1991-1992. I also know a reasonable amount of East European history. What I loved were:
- Laughing out loud during the first two chapters and the ridiculous situation
- Having damp eyes as the dark humour just became dark, no humour
- The realism of the materialist passport-hunter
- The question of who is the baddie, who is the goodie? It became less clear-cut as I read each chapter
- Passport-hunter just wanted a decent life for herself and her son
- Father was desperate for someone to keep him warm in bed, bring him a cup of tea in the winter of his life. Why should his two daughters get his inheritance?
- The courtroom dramas… “under duress”
- The happy ending. Not quite, “They all lived happily ever after,” but on the whole a pretty win-win situation.
I am sorely tempted to read more by this author.